Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.
Monday 27 February 2017.
Felipe Massa, Williams Martini Racing.
World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/Williams F1.
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Former Formula One driver Felipe Massa has accused the Verizon IndyCar Series of doing nothing to help progress safety in motorsport. The Brazilian tweeted on Monday:
The former Williams driver went on to criticize IndyCar for using Pocono following Robert Wickens’ accident:
It’s unbelievable to see a circuit like Pocono , average speed around 360km and you see the walls lower like that , with the fences , so so dangerous for the safety!!! Sorry to say that, but they need to look for safety of the drivers…
In response to Massa, Verizon IndyCar Series driver Graham Rahal said:
Its a little easier to do things when your budget is 100s of millions a year, new chassis every year built in house etc. is working hard, the new windscreen will not only work as well (better from the standpoint no open areas) but will be far more aesthetically pleasing!
Rahal went on to tweet:
For oval racing you need 100% unobstructed views, halo wouldn’t provide that to us. Also note open frontal areas would still allow debris to get in the cockpit, new windscreen will not.
Rahal who drives the No.15 Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing went on to say:
Let’s also not forget the HUGE impact that and our doctors such as Dr. Trammel have had on F1, in fact last i checked when many of them get injured they STILL come to the US to see Dr. T! has done a hell of a lot for international motorsports safety!
The Verizon IndyCar Series pioneered the SAFER barrier and as Rahal says have helped advance safety in motorsport and have gone further in the development with the development of the new canopy which will be introduced.
Dr Terry Trammel has helped improve safety for motorsport including Formula One and WEC in fact when Pietro Fittipaldi had his accident in Spa, Dr Trammel traveled to Belgium to oversee the Brazilian/American’s medical checks.